In the Northeast, spaying and neutering is now such a common practice that there are few homeless puppies and dogs. However, it’s quite a different story in other parts of the country.

Every day, thousands of unwanted pets are abandoned across the United States. Cardboard boxes full of puppies are routinely dropped off at animal shelters, where all but a lucky few will be euthanized within a few days.

Knowing that many families in New England would choose to adopt a rescued pet, Northeast Animal Shelter launched its “Saving Homeless Pets Across America” program in 1994. Today, we work with rescue groups and animal shelters from California to Florida to transport pets from their overcrowded facilities to the safety of our Shelter in Salem, MA. These pets share our space with locally rescued animals until each and every one is placed in a forever home.

Since opening our doors, we have saved the lives of over 145,000 cats and dogs who, in return, have provided unconditional love to the families who have adopted them.

If you are a shelter or rescue group who needs help saving the lives of homeless pets in your area, please contact our Animal Relocation Manager at

Watch our YouTube video and learn about our work with “Old Fella,” a Georgia group that rescues dogs and puppies for our Shelter. 


We call our out-of-state rescue program “Saving Homeless Pets Across America.” This program is made possible by the generous donations of people like you. Your tax-deductible gift helps cover transportation costs, healthcare, inoculations and food… and most important of all, saves a puppy or adult dog from certain death.